By Bob Bauer
Weekend racing action starts with Friday's nine race program. The first Post time is scheduled for 12:15 PM.
Today's play is in RACE 8. A full field of sophomore Fillies are seeking to graduate at five and one-half furlongs, under $16,000 Maiden Claiming conditions.
Post time is 3:44 PM. Live RadioStPete.com coverage, including the call from track announcer Jason Beem begins at 3:41.
NIGHTMIDST (9) from the barn of John Vinson is the choice here. The Vinson outfit is currently winning at 43% (3 for 7) and has quietly been quite successful in Tampa for several years. This low profile trainer should not be overlooked, his stock is usually fit and ready.
NIGHTMIDST (9) had a less than good outing in her debut against similar rivals on January 2. She was squeezed back at the start and got away eighth in the field of ten. The youngster then showed some potential as she was urged between runners to be only three lengths back entering the stretch. Look for this one to improve on the sixth place finish, she could score here with a clean trip. Should be a decent price at 5/1 on the Morning line.
THE BET: $10 to win on NIGHTMIDST (9) and a $2 three horse exacta box with that one and MORE MUCHO (4) and AKEMI (6).
4,6,9. Total Bet $22.00 GOOD LUCK!
PREVIOUS RESULTS: 1/19/22; Had the winner and the exacta. The win bet paid $29 and the exacta $33.60, a profit of $40.60 on the $22 total wager. The bankroll is now $1,068.